In 2018 Brand Innovators will produce five regional Brand Innovators '40 Under 40' Celebrations, honoring 40 brand marketers under the age of 40 years old


Brandon Gutman

Brand Innovators LLC


Marc Sternberg

Brand Innovators LLC


South List

Brand Innovators Announces Annual List Of ’40 Under 40′ Brand Marketers In The South U.S.

ATLANTA, Friday, August 3, 2018– Brand Innovators has announced its sixth annual list of “40 Under 40” brand marketers in the South U.S. The group was honored during a VIP reception at Porsche Experience Center, on the afternoon of Friday, July 20, during the 1st annual Brand Innovators Brand Week Atlanta, July 19-20

“These outstanding young marketing professionals are operating at extremely high levels of performance, ideating and leading some of the world’s most compelling innovations in marketing, amidst the backdrop of an extremely complex consumer media environment,” said Brandon Gutman, co-founder of Brand Innovators.

“We’re thrilled to honor these talented marketing executives, whose work is among the most innovative in the world. Through them, we’re getting a first look at how brand marketing is likely to be done for years to come,” added Marc Sternberg, co-founder of Brand Innovators.

Honorees were nominated by the Brand Innovators community which includes more than 25,000 brand side marketers across the US, Canada and UK. Winners were then selected by the Brand Innovators editorial team based on their professional accomplishments, expertise in leveraging digital media and emerging advertising technology platforms and a drive to continually keep their respective brands on the cutting edge of innovation.

Following is the Brand Innovators ’40 Under 40′ South Class of 2018

    Megan Matlock, Director of Media Planning, AT&T
    Narcis Alikhani, Sr. Manager, Advertising & Promotions, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena
    Jaryd Wilson, Manager, Social Media Content, Buffalo Wild Wings
    Erica Hughes, Integrated Media, Chick-fil-A
    Andrew Milner, Digital Marketing Manager, Chili’s
    James Cuthbert, Senior Brand Manager – Multicultural Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
    Chris Hawk, Senior Manager, Connections Investment Performance, The Coca-Cola Company
    Kyle Lebet, Senior Connections Planning Manager, The Coca-Cola Company
    Jason McAlpin, Senior Brand Manager, POWERADE, The Coca-Cola Company
    Darrell Franklin, Director, Digital Product & CX Strategy, Cricket Wireless
    Jaz Atherton, Social Media & Content, Delta Air Lines
    Adelyn Biedenbach, Director of Communications, Digital Media, Florida Panthers Hockey Club
    Victoria Nielsen, Senior Manager, Social + Digital Strategy, Schlotzsky’s, FOCUS Brands
    Alessandra Antenucci, Global Brand Marketing Director, Fossil
    Ashwin Nathan, Vice President, Digital Strategy & Marketing, H-E-B
    Sabrina Callahan, Director, Social Media Planning & Integration, Hilton
    Danielle Cartwright, Senior Manager, Destination Marketing, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
    Sara Hernandez, Marketing Manager, Hilton Atlanta
    Vanessa Sain-Dieguez, Sr. Director, HR Digital Strategy, Hilton
    Ash Duvernois, Sr. E-Commerce Manager, Honey Baked Ham
    Lindsay Carroll, Senior Marketing Manager, Campaign Management & Planning, IHG
    Jade Leet, Global Director of Brand Marketing and Commercial Performance, Holiday Inn, IHG
    Ray Ramdin, Director of eCommerce, Spirit Airlines
    Sara Zwolski, Manager Manager, McDonald’s
    Elizabeth Gadaleta, Media Supervisor, Mercedes-Benz USA
    Ryan Johnson, Brand Strategy Lead, Mercedes-Benz USA
    Merry Mac Miller, Digital Ownership Program Lead, Mercedes-Benz USA
    Amarena Diaz, Director, Digital Marketing, Mizuno USA
    Evan Parker, Managing Director, Series Marketing & Content Strategy, NASCAR
    Paul LaPointe, Senior Manager, Consumer Experience, Newell Brands
    Brittney Williams, Senior Global Brand Manager, Marketing Activation – Food Division, Newell Brands
    Kimberly Hogg, Marketing Manager, Southeast Region, PepsiCo
    Amanda Corral, Senior Marketing Manager – Portfolio Media & Analytics | Frito Lay, PepsiCo
    Jessica Black, Luxury Travel Manager, Porsche Cars North America
    Amanda Brodzik, Digital & Relationship Marketing, Porsche Cars North America
    Hagan Oschner, Senior Manager, Customer Acquisition, Spanx
    Jessica Otero, AVP Social Media Marketing, SunTrust
    Erin Everhart, Senior Manager, Media & Mobile, The Home Depot
    Lisa Grimm, Director, Global Social Media & Influencer Marketing, Whole Foods
    Stacy Lynn Bourgeois, Director, Customer Acquisition, Yum! Brands

    About Brand Innovators

    Founded in 2011, Brand Innovators is the largest professional organization of brand marketers, with a community of over 6,000 marketing professionals from Fortune 500 and other leading brands, throughout the United States and the UK. The Brand Innovators Advisory Board includes some of the most innovative brand marketers and “change agents” in the marketing and media industries. The company will produce more than 100 events in 2017 in Atlanta, Austin, Bentonville, Boston, Cannes, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Irvine, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Norwalk, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C., providing brand marketers with continuing digital education and intimate peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Events are underwritten by more than 100 “best-of-breed” growth stage and established digital media and advertising technology companies, from Bitly and Outbrain to AOL and Google. For more information, please visit